|Feb-24-05|| ||chess man: Black will lose the d-pawn and eventually the game. |
|Feb-24-05|| ||chess man: Oh and by the way, nice game by Smyslov! |
|Jun-13-05|| ||Kangaroo: To the best of my knowledge, the game had nothing to do with Alekhine memorial. Played in 1943, this was the game from the tournament in Sverdlovsk, I assume. Perhaps, the unofficial championship of the Soviet Union took place there.|
|Jun-13-05|| ||Resignation Trap: Wait a minute! Alekhine Memorial ?? Alekhine was still alive in 1943, and furthermore he was considered a traitor and a renegade in the USSR at that point in history. As far as I know, the USSR didn't "rehabilitate" Alekhine until 1956.|
|Feb-28-06|| ||Richard Taylor: Great game by Smyslov -|
|Feb-28-06|| ||Benzol: Could White have played f4 a move or two earlier than at move 36?|
|Feb-16-09|| ||outsider: This is NOT from Sverdlovsk. There, Botvinnik had +7=7-0, and +1=1 with Smyslov|
|May-03-09|| ||WhiteRook48: Ouch!|
|Aug-09-09|| ||King.Arthur.Brazil: This game is one of the book of Smyslov's best. 32. Ta7! as 27.Ng5 was a kind of moves that Botwinnik (and nobody expects), and that make Smyslov catch an nice win. 36...gxf4?? Bf5+ (Rxf5 Qxg7++) Kh6 Qh4++! 36...Re1+ (37.Kh2?? Qxf4 wins)
37.Qxe1 recover a quality again (1B x 1P).There's not much after this.|
|Nov-21-11|| ||HeMateMe: This sort of risky play by black seems unusual, for Botvinnik, at least by reputation. I haven't seen this early exchange sac much in GM play, at least not in the strongest events. Smyslov makes Misha pay.|
I'm always amazed by these WWII tournaments. The German army was still in occupation of much of western Russia, and the Soviets had experienced huge losses of manpower and industry/agriculture. Yet, there was time for a chess tournament. I guess Joe felt that "doing something normal" during these times would help people feel normal.
I read somewhere that even when Moscow was directly besieged, in 1941, with huge numbers of retreating troops and industrial components headed east of the Urals, the theaters in Moscow were still performing ballet and opera.
|Nov-21-11|| ||King Death: <HeHateMe> There's nothing wrong with the Dilworth, but Black's best move is 13...Bf2+ 14.Kf2 Qf6. White can then play 15.Nf1 or 15.Nb3.|
Botvinnik put in for time off when he wanted to prepare for any events he played. Most of his time was spent in his field of electrical engineering.
|Oct-02-12|| ||DarthStapler: Smyslov's first win over Botvinnik in the database|